What is Cognitive Mediational Theory?

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  1. teacherece

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    Mar 25, 2006

    Boy...I thought I learned just about every type of learning theory, but I'm stumped here. Does anyone know what cognitive mediational theory is. Here's what I need to do for my ST unit plan: Building upon cognitive-mediational theories, what must I consider from basic learning theories to guide my planning and teaching. Maybe I'm reading too much into this? I'm aware of Piaget and Bandura, etc.

    Help???????
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Mar 26, 2006

    This one was HARD to come up with...

    In extremely rough terms, cognitive-mediational theories apparently propose that, other things being equal, our emotional reaction to an event depends on how we interpret or appraise it: in other words, how we feel about the event or the stimulus is mediated by how we interpret it. One such theory was developed by Richard Lazarus as cognitive-motivational-relational theory.

    Here are some references:

    http://changingminds.org/explanations/theories/cognitive_appraisal_theories.htm

    http://www.mindtools.com/stress/rt/EmotionalAnalysis.htm

    Here's a longish article that's much more to the point about educational applications: http://www.aare.edu.au/00pap/sor00251.htm
     

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